• (British) IPA: /ˈɒbleɪt/ (or IPA: /ɒˈbleɪt/ for adjective)
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɑbleɪt/

oblate (plural oblates)

  1. (Roman Catholicism) A person dedicated to a life of religion or monasticism, especially a member of an order without religious vows or a lay member of a religious community.
  2. A child given up by its parents into the keeping or dedication of a religious order or house.
    • 2007, The Venerable Bede started as an oblate at St Paul's, Jarrow, but by the time of his death in 735 was surely the most learned man in Europe. — Tom Shippey, ‘I Lerne Song’, London Review of Books 29:4, p. 19
Related terms Adjective


  1. Flattened or depressed at the poles.
    The Earth is an oblate spheroid.
    • 1922, Why should I not speak to him or to any human being who walks upright upon this oblate orange? — James Joyce, Ulysses
    • 1997, ‘ ’Tis prolate, still,’ with a long dejected Geordie O. ‘Isn’t it…?’ ‘I’m an Astronomer,– trust me, ’tis gone well to oblate.’ — Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon
Antonyms Related terms Verb

oblate (oblates, present participle oblating; past and past participle oblated)

  1. To offer as either a gift or an oblation

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